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Associate professor, Stellenbosch University

My research interests focus on the general ecology of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), including their natural history, trophic ecology, anatomy, population genetics, strandings and health. For this I use a diverse array of research methods and also collaborate widely with colleagues in related research areas to gain a more holistic picture of variations in the populations found in our local Eastern Cape waters in South Africa.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Fellow, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany
  • 2021–present
    Associate professor, Department of Pathology Stellenbosch University

Education

  • 2005 
    Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, PhD Zoology
  • 1994 
    Swansea University, Wales, UK, BSc Hons Marine Biology
  • Gqeberha, South Africa
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  • ploen@sun.ac.za
  • stephanie.ploen@gmail.com
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